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Exhibition Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustration

Gary Myrick. Dr. Davis, 1981. Colored pencil on gray paper. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (095.00.00)
LC-DIG-ppmsca-51146 © Gary Myrick
Gift and purchase, Gary Myrick

School Desegregation in Dallas

Between 1970 and 1994, African Americans fought for the Dallas Independent School District to make legitimate attempts at desegregation. Frustrated with the lack of progress sixteen years after the Brown v. Board of Education decision, Sam Tasby filed a lawsuit so that his sons could attend a nearby "white" school. Tasby v. Estes, 412 F.Supp. 1192 (1976), defined the terms of desegregation in Dallas for decades. The Tasby case was also filed on behalf of Mexican Americans and Judge William Taylor decreed the creation of a tri-ethnic committee to implement desegregation of Dallas schools. In 1981, when Dr. Davis (shown here) testified in the court, Judge Barefoot Sanders had succeeded Taylor in administering the trial for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The court oversaw the school district until 2003.